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Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131-2159)

United States of America
Document type
1966 (2013)
Original source
United States Code - Title 7 - Agriculture.
Animal welfare Animal health Registration Authorization/permit Transport/storage Offences/penalties Basic legislation
Geographical area
Americas, Arctic, East Pacific, North America, North Atlantic

The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) requires that minimum standards of care and treatment be provided for certain animals bred for commercial sale, used in research, transported commercially, or exhibited to the public. It regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. Other laws, policies, and guidelines all refer to the Animal Welfare Act as the minimum acceptable standard. The Act provides for licensing of dealers and exhibitors of pets and registration of research facility, every intermediate handler, every carrier, and every exhibitor who is not licensed. The Secretary of Agriculture shall regulate and insure the humane care and treatment of dogs, cats and certain other animals used for research, experimentation, exhibition and sale purposes, as well as to assure humane treatment of animals during transportation in commerce and to protect owners of animals from theft by preventing the sale or use of animals which have been stolen. The Act also directs consultation and cooperation with other Federal agencies concerned with the welfare of animals in the establishment of standards and in carrying out other purposes of the Act.

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Implemented by

Animal Welfare Regulations (9 CFR, Subchapter A of Chapter 1).

Legislation | United States of America | 2013

Keyword: Animal welfare, Animal health, Transport/storage, Internal trade, Research, Offences/penalties


Animal Welfare (9 CFR 1.1-12.10).

Legislation | United States of America | 2018

Keyword: Animal health, Animal welfare, Internal trade, Offences/penalties, Registration, Research, Authorization/permit


Amended by

Agricultural Act of 2014.

Legislation | United States of America | 2014

Keyword: Agricultural development, Farming, Policy/planning, Sustainable development, Financial agricultural measures, Environmental standards, Standards, Protection of environment, Fishery management and conservation, Marine fisheries, Aquaculture, Inland fisheries, Food security, Food quality control/food safety, Fraud, Packaging/labelling, Forest management/forest conservation, Land-use planning, Soil conservation/soil improvement, Soil pollution/quality, Soil rehabilitation, Animal welfare, Plant production, Sustainable use, Irrigation, Water conservation zone, Wetlands, Ecosystem preservation, Protection of habitats